Get the Summer Season Off to a Safe Start
Ontario Government Offers Safety Tips For Home and Cottage Owners
The upcoming Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in the province. Whether you plan on spending the weekend opening up the cottage, making home improvements or barbecuing in your backyard, Ontario is offering important tips to help ensure a safe environment for family and friends.
Get the summer season off to a safe start by remembering to:
- Ensure circuit breakers are switched to the "off" position in your electrical panel before turning on the power at a cottage. After you turn on the main switch, turn circuit breakers on one at a time to avoid surges that can damage your appliances.
- Check all appliance extension cords for signs of damage or wear - especially for cracking and rodent damage.
- Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors where needed and replace the batteries at the beginning of each season.
- Make sure tree branches are trimmed and well away from power lines to avoid unnecessary power outages and safety hazards.
- Be careful when using ladders around power lines - electricity can "jump" from a power line to a metal object.
- Clean and inspect your barbecue before the first use.
- Contact ON1Call before planting a tree, building a deck or fence, to locate any buried electrical wires so you can dig safely.
- This year in Ontario, roughly 2,000 people will end up in the emergency room because of an electrical injury.
- Barbecues emit carbon monoxide and should only be used outside.
- Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of fatal poisonings in North America. Exposure to high concentrations can cause death in just a few minutes.
- May 11-17, 2015 is Power Line Safety Awareness Week in Ontario.
- Read more electrical safety tips from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).
- Find out the best way to clean and test the propane lines to your barbeque from the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
- Request the location of buried infrastructure by contacting ON1Call at 1-800-400-2255.
“As the Victoria Day long weekend approaches, Ontarians are looking forward to warmer weather and enjoying the outdoors. By educating ourselves about potential hazards and following safety tips from trusted sources, we can ensure our summer experience remains safe and enjoyable.”